Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10. nóv. 2015 - 304 síđur
How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities.
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This is a myth nurtured by both sides of the ˇnew atheism˘ debate: adherents wish to present skepticism toward the supernatural as the result of science}s progressive eclipse of religion, and the religious wish to see it as a ...
This view underpins the modernist mythology: the post-Enlightenment West is seen as exceptional, completely unlike anything else that has preceded it and unlike anything elsewhere in the world. This is a dangerous misprision.
This loss of consciousness of that classical heritage is what has allowed the ˇmodernist mythology˘ to take root. It is only through profound ignorance of the classical tradition that anyone ever believed that eighteenth-century ...
It was at this time, too, that the mythological epics were being forged, the Iliad and the Odyssey. These project an image of Greek cultural solidarity, through the story of a shared expedition to go and rescue a Greek woman (Helen) ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - booktsunami - LibraryThing
What I found especially fascinating about this book was the fundamental point that he makes about peoples attitudes towards religion. The idea of a single unified faith community is a mirage ..both in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - grandpahobo - LibraryThing
This is a very good history of ancient Greek society and the role of mythology. It also extends in the peak of the Roman empire. Unfortunately, there is little about the existence or role of atheism ... Read full review
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